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Perhaps a Cinnamon Sedge

Observed: 29th October 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in Invertebrates
Caddisfly, Cinnamon Sedge, feeding, Limnephilus lunatus, Little Paxton, 2012-10-29 001
Caddisfly, Cinnamon Sedge, feeding, Limnephilus lunatus, Little Paxton, 2012-10-29 003
Caddisfly, Cinnamon Sedge, Limnephilus lunatus, Little Paxton, 2012-10-29 001
Description:

This caddisfly landed on the finger of a fried who'd been eating a plum, and started feeding on plum juice.

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Comments

nightfly's picture

Hi Simon,The 3rd pic

Hi Simon,

The 3rd pic certainly seems to show a L. lunatus- nice apical crescent edged in black, lovely. The first 2 pics appear to be a different insect? Is it a flash issue, the markings arent apparent at all in pic 1 and 2 and it resembles an Anabolia nervosa caddis.

Edit- the wing shapes are totally different regardless of markings, 2 looks like A. nervosa, seems to be the same one in the first pic.

Cathal.

Simon Walker's picture

You're Right, of Course.

My recollection was that I'd photographed the same insect, but thinking back I'm sure I didn't. I ought to keep a record but I often take several hundred pictures in a day, and it would be a nightmare.
Thanks for putting me straight. At least I got the lunatus right!

Regards

Simon

nightfly's picture

Its a really good L. lunatus

Its a really good L. lunatus example, the black edging to the lunar marking is diagnostic and very clear. The only confusable Limnephilus are L. borealis and L. subcentralis and boh are confined to Highland Scotland.

Cathal.

Ian Wallace's picture

The observation about plum

The observation about plum juice is interesting. They are know to go for open nectary flowers like Hogweed as they have short mouthparts and also mothing sugar and Ihave seen them feeding on aphid exudate but I cannot recall a mention of fruit juice but is of course expected. Does suggest a general ability to 'smell' fruity sugary alcoholly things.

All caddis, not just these big long-lived ones take water if thirsty and it can be a way of makig them keep still for photography when rescued from a moth trap.

Ian Wallace, UK Trichoptera Recording Scheme